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 Post subject: Saddle height.
PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:14 pm 
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Daft question, but curious.

Do you have you have your saddle set at the sort of heights that were common of the period. Or do you run them 'modern' i.e plenty of post showing

Yours bored of Mayfair.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:58 pm 
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I think it should be the other way round:

You set the saddle to the correct height, according to your leg length, then size the frame so that the appropriate amount of seatpin and stem is exposed.

So, eg for a 1950s frame, you would choose a bigger size than a 1980s frame.

 Post subject: saddle height
PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:04 pm 
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normal old fashioned way was ---

measure inside leg with no shoes on and remove 9 inches

ie 32 inside leg 23inch frame.

to set basic saddle height with toe clips and straps

get on bike with no shoes, put rear of sole by heal on the pedal and then back pedal, adjust saddle so leg is straight with out straining, mark seat post then ride with cycling shoes and adjust accordingly ,remember an 1/8th adjustment can make a big difference.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:13 pm 
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I set mine so it's the right height for my pedalling. Visually, on my 90's Raleigh it's about where you'd expect to see it. My Viscount has taller pedals and I swear the bottom bracket is higher off the ground, so the saddle has to be out quite a bit further and it looks a bit more 'modern'.

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